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AlMrvMARY OF THE OPENING OF CHRIST CHURCH, CARNARVON. GRAND MUSICAL FESTIVAL. Yesterday (Friday), the anniversary of the opening of Christ Church. Carnarvon, was celebrated by a Grand Musical Festival in the church, which proved a great suc- cess. Service commenced at 11 a. m, and the church was well filled by a very aristocratic congregation. The service was intoned by the Rev. D. Thomas, Dwvgyfylchi, the responses being those of the Bangor Choral Associa- tion, sung at the festival held in the Cathedral last butanin. The lessons were read by the Rev. J. C. Vincent. The first lesson was taken from 6 Chron. vii., the second from Ephesians Jackson's Morning Service in F was selected. The Te Deum and Jubilate were sung with tine effect, more es- peciallv the I e Deum, in which we could not help re- buking the great precision attained to by the choir. The anthem was Dr. Clarke Whitfield's "Beliold how cood and joyful," the bass solo being suug by Mr. Cuzner in a masterly style. The duett for trebles was taken by members of the choir. The Rev. J. K Roberts, incumbent of St. Mark's, Wrexhani, preached from Mark xxiv. 5—" How goodly are thy tents O! Jacob, and thy Tabernacles O! Israel. He brieflv noticed the Prophet Baalim and the circum- stances under which he uttered the words of the text. He adverted to the construction and institution of the Tabernacle and God's peculiar favour to the Jews, to whom he had revealed Himself and His will; and dwelt upon the advantages the Jews derived from his favour. After shewing that work always revealed the character of the worker, lie contrasted the work of God, all per. fect, to the works of man, the best of which were full of imperfection. Yet man by his work might glorify God. The Church in which they were assembled was a wit- ness thereof. But results should follow the building of a Church. He would ask his hearers, how many souls had been added to Christ since this Church had been opened a year ago ? How many by attending its ser- vices had been turned from the error of their ways ? He Contrasted the privileges of worshippers in a Christian temple to those of the Tabernacle of old, and shewed that Christians, not less than Jews, might well exclaim, «' 0 how amiable are Thy dwellings, 0 Lord of Hosts." Man without the Gospel, he said,* was alienated from God, and disunited from his fellow creatures. Bui by its means he was reconciled to God, and restored to fellowship with man. He closed his discourse with an earnest appeal to his hearers to contribute towards liqui- dating the debt which still remained on the buildiug after which a collection was made, which amounted to X30 13s. fid. After the collection was over, some of the gems of the "Messiah" were performed. Miss Armstrong gave with great sweetness and pathos, I know that my Redeem -t liveth." She possesses a leally beautiful voice, of uiucli power and considerable compass. A young lady member of the Choir rendered He recitative, Behold a Virgin, very nicely; after which the Choir sang the chorus, 0 Thou that tellest." Mr. Cuzuer then gave the fine re- citative, "Thus saith the Lord," and tho air, But who may abide," in capital style. Mr. Cuzner has a splendid voice, with great ease of execution, and sings Handel's bias solus with all the fire and spirit which they require to be effective. Then came the charming, often heard, but ever new I- Comfort ve my People," and Every Val. ler," which were beautifully rendered by Mr. Topham, of Dublin. lie has a fine pure tenor voice, with con- siderable powei and compass. Then followed the cho- rus And the Glory of the Lord," which, although ef- fectively suug. we thought rather lacked the precision which characterised the other pieces performed by the choir. Nlr. Hayden accompanied throughout with great taste and judgment. Mr. Roberts, of the Training College, conducted th? choir, and we learn that it is to the latter gentleman's exertions, tint the ,,reat precision acquired by the choir is mainly due. Among tit:' choir we noticed. Nlr Roberts, Basso of the Bangor Cathedral Choir, Mr. Wiliams, Alto, ditto, and F08 Brad wen," of the it. Asaph Cathedral. A concert was held in the Assembly Room of the Sportsman Hotel, in the evening, at which the artiste, engaged at the Festival, performed. As it was not over when we went to press, we shall report it at length next week.

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